An exciting football tournament saw more than 30 under 18s playing their way towards victory, with youngsters from Rochford Rangers hailed champions.
Thanks to the local charity programme Achievement Through Football (ATF) and funding from Rochford Housing Association, 10 teams took part in the championship with the final seeing Rochford Rangers beat Warrior Square 3-2.
What is Achievement Through Football?
ATF has been running in Rochford since 2011 delivering football events in parks, schools and open spaces. Coaches offer fun, structured sessions that engage young people, with the programme specifically targeting Rochford Housing residents.
Terry Baker, fitness and nutrition coach from Southend United said: “Rochford Housing funding has given us the foundation to provide a real base in this community.
“It also gives us the chance to discuss real issues with young people and help them to understand their responsibility in having pride and respect for where they live.”
Charlie, aged 14, from Rochford Rangers, added: “ATF has been here for the last four years and has played a big part in us having something to do in Rochford.
“The coaches are a good laugh and are always here for us to talk to. It has been great playing in matches and representing Rochford.”
How can find out more about Achievement Through Football?
If you are interested in finding out more about ATF in Rochford, contact Stuart Long on 07411 630102 or visit https://achievementthroughfootball.org/contact/